18Jan/132

Two Ways Out…New PIece Begun Today

I have been reading about these women that feel they have no other way out so they douse themselves with gasoline and burn up, or take poison or...some gruesome way to kill themselves rather than live with the shame or brutality of their lives. And I was talking to someone here about how in this warm embracing family culture, you are watched, criticized, and judged by all these nosy relatives. It felt to me like growing up in a small place in the southern United States where the same social control was in place. In fact I wrote my honors thesis in college about this phenomena, which keeps significant social change from happening. Heard of the Tea Party? Mostly from small towns. So this piece is about how in every closed place women who are under pressure and want to leave the system (most don't even consider it) there are two ways out....death in the end or by choice and fleeing through education, new job, new town, etc It's not through. To start it, I got Jaykirti to lie down on the top of the silk and I traced her outline with a small block and orange paint, which you can see a picture of here. Then I went to work. Not finished, but will be tomorrow I think...I worked like aTwo Ways Out 6

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  1. I think this is very compelling. I am anxious to see the final piece. I like the colors and the composition. I am still amazed at how you have adapted to your new environment and have smoothly become a part of the scene. A polo match and women’s issues makes my head spin but then not unlike the world I live in also.
    Am almost off for Palm Beach, another experience in polarization. My head will spin again if I allow myself to think of the contrasts. We are bringing some fabulous pieces. Look at Irina’s latest series of cups. The truck will be here any minute. Time to pack up in the cold weather. At least the ice has mostly melted.

    • do so hope that palm beach will prove a warm spell in art buying. I briefly looked at your invite email, but will go back now that I have more time…
      I feel so very blessed to have come to this residency. Devena the director goes out of her way to be sure you have what you need to do what you want. And meeting Jaykirti has been a huge influence. She is creative, talented and willing to let me try almost anything. And I have been very inspired by the stories here and by the lack of having to have a left brain as much to run “the list” of things that need doing. I just received a notice about a 4000 square foot studio possiblity in long island city, which is exactly where I want to be. It started my left brain into overdrive about lighting, about splitting and subletting etc…wow! that list-muscle can come to life instantaneous and go to work.. But today I go back to finish my piece, hopefully. I’m going to use a honeycomb block that looks organic and computer grid at the same time…I will use that to fill in over the dots. Then I have to work on the outline of the body some more. and then the face. then home for lunch and then at 3:00 off to the polo match and high tea. Wow…this is NOT too much of a good thing! Come to India with me next year.


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